Every year it seems that we get this whole Sundance Film Festival coverage to be that much better.However this year has seemed to be particularly stressful. I don't know why. We aren't doing more interviews than normal, the weather isn't any different than it has been, even the location that we are broadcasting from has stayed the same. But if you would have asked me yesterday if our coverage of Sundance would end up being ok I would have told you NO WAY. AND it's been way better than ok. We have had some really awesome people through the door (podcasts coming) and we still look forward to many more great interviews.
While Kerry Bill and Gina are actually the ones who are interviewing the filmmakers and casts, I am behind the scenes, making sure people run on time, coordinating schedules and photos, trying to find a coffee or water bottle for those "Hollywood" folks to be comfortable.
The thing I love the most is that every year we have interns return to help with SFF. Some who I haven't seen for years and years. Others who just left me last semester. But SUNDANCE is just another huge reminder to me of how much I love my job and the really awesome opportunities that it affords me.
Well, I decided to put of some of our favorite albums of 2011 up a little early this year. I have to say there were some pretty big disappoints for me from some of my favorite bands The Rapture (normally my favorite band to snowboard to), The Beastie Boys, Arctic Monkeys, Dredg had an amazingly awful album, Cold War Kids lost the piano I loved in their songs and my attention with it, The Decemberists surprised me with the most boring thing I heard all year with "The King Is Dead." On the other hand, I was surprised how much I enjoyed Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" though I was prepared to hate it. I was bummed by The White Stripes official break-up as my Facebook was flooded with condolences from friends only to have Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears fill in the bluesy hole in my heart. I could go on and on. I am X96's cranky critic and music director. 2011 is a year where folk-rock launched into the cosmos with Mumford and Sons and a sing-songy English woman couldn't not be avoided no matter where you went. Here are the top ten albums of 2011 from some of our staff. We argue over music all the time. I will follow up this blog with some favorite picks from some folks in Utah that influence some of my music tastes. -Corey
Corey O'Brien Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears "Scandalous" Bright Eyes "The People's Key" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Grouplove "Never Trust a Happy Song" Does It Offend You Yeah? "Don't Say We Didn't Warn You" Pendulum "Immersion" The Strokes "Angles" Foster the People "Torches" Spank Rock Everything Is Boring and Everyone is a F**king Liar" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" (if I had heard the Black Keys album "El Camino" I am sure it would have made it)
Todd Nuke'em Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto" Foo Fighters "Wasting Light" Foster the People "Torches" Brogan Kelby "Skylights" Panic at the Disco "Vices and Virtues" Rise Against "Endgame" Switchfoot "Vice Verses" Yellowcard "When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes" Richie T. Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto" Flogging Molly "Speed of Darkness" Manchester Orchestra "Simple Math" New Found Glory "Radiosurgery" Panic at the Disco "Vices and Virtues" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" Rise Against "Endgame" She Wants Revenge "Valleyheart" Various Artists "Rave On, Buddy Holly: A Tribute"
Heidi: the Sales Princess Adele "21" Angels and Airwaves "Love Part II (To The Stars)" The Black Keys "El Camino" Bright Eyes "The People's Key" Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" Foster the People "Torches" Hollywood Undead "American Tragedy" The Naked & Famous "Passive Me, Aggressive You" The Strokes "Angles" Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman "World Wide Revel Songs" Kandy Kane: The Self-Proclaimed Sales Queen The Airborne Toxic Event "All At Once" Angels and Airwaves "Love Part II (To The Stars)" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Florence and the Machine "Ceremonials" Foster the People "Torches" Grouplove "Never Trust a Happy Song" The Joy Formidible "The Big Roar" The Naked & Famous "Passive Me, Aggressive You" Switchfoot "Vice Verses" Broken Bells "Meyrin Fields" El "Mike" Jefe Adele "21" The Airborne Toxic Event "All At Once" Awolnation "Megalithic Symphony" Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Foster the People "Torches" Green Day "Awesome As F**k" The Naked & Famous "Passive You, Aggressive Me" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Dude Buddy Adam Arctic Monkeys "Suck It and See"
Awolnation "MEgalithic Symphony"
Ben Harper "Give Till It Hurts"
Cake "Showroom of Compassion"
Cole War Kids "Mine Is Yours"
Death Cab For Cutie "Codes and Keys"
Eddie Vedder "Ukulele Songs"
Flogging Molly "Speed of Darkness"
Radiohead "The King of Limbs"
Social Distortion "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"
On having his daughter on the bus with him:
"Ever sine I was a teenager people would ask me what is your goal in life? To sell a bunch of records and be able get a bus that sits your wife and your kids one day so that when you go out you can go everywhere with them. So now I get to live that dream, it's hanging out with them and then going and rocking until three in the morning and then hanging out with them again."
On life right now:
"Things are amazing, I never knew that things could be so good ya know? I think back in 2008 when "Hate Me" blew up, that was a little crazy, that was real crazy. But now we're starting to feel that whole thing happen again with "Bleed Out" and I think I'm in a lot better place for it to happen. I enjoy life now, I enjoy every day."
"I came out with songs like "The End" and songs like "Dirt Room" which were great songs, they just- they weren't connecting. I was taking that depression and that honesty and I was pushing it up so far up everybody's face that it was like oh god, this guy's got some crazy ass issues. Which of course I did, but I could have stopped and gone, yeah that's the song not me. But what's really cool about now is that I can get on stage and I play them- man all that energy is so much more there and say (whining) look at me! Now it's just so much passion.
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